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Australia Day stuff

By johnboy - 24 January 2014 39

Australia was founded in a drunken convict orgy in 1788 and today we encourage our youth to remember that spirit and intent.

To that end the Police have sent forth word that they’ll be keeping an eye on things:

ACT Policing will have a highly visible presence at the Australia Day Live concert on (Saturday, January 26) to ensure a trouble-free event.

This year, as in previous years, ACT Policing will place a particular focus on identifying alcohol-affected juveniles, with event security instructed to turn away young people who appear to be affected by alcohol.

Proactive patrols will operate around Parliament House from midday on Saturday and will include known locations where young people consume alcohol.

ACT Policing is also urging motorists to drive safely over the Australia Day long weekend and warns that double demerits will apply for speeding and seatbelt offences, with an extra point for all other traffic offences.

Double demerit points are effective from the first instance of Friday, January 24 until midnight January 27, 2014.

Meanwhile Mayor Rattenbury advises he’s laying buses on to help folk participate in full:

Take an ACTION bus to and from Australia Day events this long weekend, with a variety of additional services available, including some free chartered services following events, said Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.

“The Australia Celebrates Live concert kicks off at 5pm until10:30pm on Saturday, 25 January 2014 on the lawns of Parliament House,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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Australia Day stuff
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MrPC 10:25 am
24 Jan 14
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Australia wasn’t founded until 1901. It’s NSW that got founded in that drunken convict orgy on 26/1/1788.

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johnboy 10:30 am
24 Jan 14
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It was the foundation of what would become australia and it’s got the day on it smarty.

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astrojax 10:38 am
24 Jan 14
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anyway, wasn’t the drunken orgy on the 27th, the day after the fleet arrived?

i like the link text the the rat is ‘laying buses’ – o, the imagery…

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johnboy 10:39 am
24 Jan 14
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and christmas wasn’t on christmas day.

Celebrate ya poof

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maniac 10:41 am
24 Jan 14
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The colony of New South Wales was founded in 1788 and originally comprised much of the Australian mainland, as well as Lord Howe Island, New Zealand, Norfolk Island and Van Diemen’s Land in addition to the area currently referred to as the state of New South Wales, which was formed during Federation in 1901. During the 19th century, large areas were successively separated to form the British colonies of Tasmania (established as a separate colony named Van Diemen’s Land in 1825), South Australia (1836), New Zealand (1841), Victoria (1851), Queensland (1859) and the Northern Territory (1863). Smaller areas of territory were ceded to the new federal government of Australia (1901): Norfolk Island and the Australian Capital Territory (1911).

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_south_wales

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IrishPete 10:57 am
24 Jan 14
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maniac said :

The colony of New South Wales was founded in 1788 and originally comprised much of the Australian mainland, as well as Lord Howe Island, New Zealand, Norfolk Island and Van Diemen’s Land in addition to the area currently referred to as the state of New South Wales, which was formed during Federation in 1901. During the 19th century, large areas were successively separated to form the British colonies of Tasmania (established as a separate colony named Van Diemen’s Land in 1825), South Australia (1836), New Zealand (1841), Victoria (1851), Queensland (1859) and the Northern Territory (1863). Smaller areas of territory were ceded to the new federal government of Australia (1901): Norfolk Island and the Australian Capital Territory (1911).

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_south_wales

Sometimes Wikipedia fails miserably – I was reading some stuff yesterday about Indonesia’s military capabilities, and a lot of it was clearly written by someone for whom English was not their first language, but also it was rather effusive so read like it was written by the military themselves, or the manufacturers of the equipment.

In this instance, it’s hard to see how NSW in 1788 comprised all those places, much of which had never been seen by Whitefellas – presumably Cook or Phillip or someone waved their hand in a general direction and said “it’s all mine” (or England’s). Or did they get some random Aborigine to sign a piece of paper?

Or the punctuation/wording is wrong – replace the words “originally comprised” with “eventually comprised” or “over the next few years/decades came to comprise”.

IP

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tuco 11:02 am
24 Jan 14
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maniac said :

The colony of New South Wales was founded in 1788 and originally comprised much of the Australian mainland, as well as Lord Howe Island, New Zealand, Norfolk Island and Van Diemen’s Land in addition to the area currently referred to as the state of New South Wales, which was formed during Federation in 1901. During the 19th century, large areas were successively separated to form the British colonies of Tasmania (established as a separate colony named Van Diemen’s Land in 1825), South Australia (1836), New Zealand (1841), Victoria (1851), Queensland (1859) and the Northern Territory (1863). Smaller areas of territory were ceded to the new federal government of Australia (1901): Norfolk Island and the Australian Capital Territory (1911).

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_south_wales

Betcha Western Australia is following this quotation with interest.

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HiddenDragon 11:44 am
24 Jan 14
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“Australia was founded in a drunken convict orgy in 1788….” – is this from the latest draft of the (new) national curriculum? I hope said document adds words to the effect that “happily, the worst of the Puritans had already decamped to North America, which is why Straya is blessed with so many loveable, happy-go-lucky scamps and rogues, and the USA has a scary, paranoid gun culture and legions of deadly serious God botherers. We should probably also say something about how narrowly the wide brown land avoided being colonised by those effete French, and then there’s the Dutch……

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 12:27 pm
24 Jan 14
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Happy bogan trash day

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460cixy 12:35 pm
24 Jan 14
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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Happy bogan trash day

Cheers brahhhh c***

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c_c™ 1:39 pm
24 Jan 14
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Let’s spare a minute and think what could have been… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpBYnL5fAXE&feature=related

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zorro29 1:45 pm
24 Jan 14
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drunken orgy?? sweet…I love Australia day! C’aaarrrrrnnnnn Aussie… :)

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johnboy 1:52 pm
24 Jan 14
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drunken convict orgy!

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Thumper 1:59 pm
24 Jan 14
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c_c™ said :

Let’s spare a minute and think what could have been… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpBYnL5fAXE&feature=related

Thank you for that…. :)

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maxblues 2:02 pm
24 Jan 14
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zorro29 said :

drunken orgy?? sweet…I love Australia day! C’aaarrrrrnnnnn Aussie… :)

johnboy said :

drunken convict orgy!

It is a pity that the un-Australian wowsers, do-gooders and would-be-prohibitionists with nothing better to do have been chiselling away at our precious traditions ever since.

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